We have a tendency to think that we are special, different from everyone else and in one sense, that is true because each of us is unique, exactly like no other. However, everything that we have including life itself has been given to us. Billions have lived and died and billions now live and life as we know it continues on. But the reality of our existence and the reality of our environment are all things that none of us had anything to do with. It all was in here and in place long before we arrived.
There are billions of stories, billions of lives that we know nothing about. Lives of hardship, injustice and sacrifice that we’ve never considered or compared to our own. But there was one life, one person among us that was indeed different, He alone was responsible for our existence and made our environment so that our lives could flourish.
John 1:10 NIV “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”
Just about everyone knows of Jesus, they’ve heard of His name, but far less have really taken the time to consider the words that He spoke or the things that He did and the influence that He has had on this world that we live in. And even fewer have not only considered His words but have then also taken Him at His word and responded accordingly. Indifference is a decision, it’s a rejection.
When He began His ministry that only lasted about three years, He spoke of the past, the present and the future. He spoke of realities that are unseen and He gave us an overview and example of justice, mercy, forgiveness and love that the world up until that time had never seen. And even more than that, not only did He tell us about these things but He demonstrated these things in everything that He did.
His arrival was foretold in the Holy Scriptures, a path and declaration of His arrival was already in place and when the time was right, at the right moment in history, chosen by God, He began to explain to all of us how we are all different and yet all the same. His message was of love and reconciliation, of forgiveness and redemption, and of our need to recognize Him for who He was and the reason why He and He alone had been sent, to show us that He was the way, the truth and the life.
John 3:16 NIV “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Not only was Jesus God’s Son but He was also God’s messenger, because He was sent to show us all of His Father, by the words that He spoke, the acts of mercy, healing and forgiveness that He did and ultimately the reason behind why He had been sent from God, His Father to us. Jesus was sent to us by the Father, to give His life of perfect obedience to the Father, for us, so that we, could again be at one with our Heavenly Father.
Matthew 26:39 NIV “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
The message Jesus came to give us is not all that difficult to understand. God is holy and we are not. God does not accept injustice, He does not allow for deceit, He does not condone special consideration for one over another. God is pure light and in Him is no darkness. That’s no darkness as in none. Holy is much more than a word. It’s who God is. Most of us don’t really get this. There’s rules of conduct for other folks and then there’s us. Jesus came to tell us that it doesn’t work that way and it’s not that we don’t understand what He is saying, the problem is we don’t want to look at things from His perspective, we prefer our own.
So we aren’t holy, in fact, we are anything but. Check out the 10 Commandments and truthfully question yourself on which of the commandments we haven’t already broken, repeatedly, time and time again. And remember that you don’t have to break all of them, although most of us have, just one is sufficient to make us not like God, unholy.
Imagine that you have a son or daughter and you love them with all of your heart. But you son or daughter has broken a law, a principle of what is right and what is wrong that is not open for debate. Murdering someone just because you want to or their existence prohibits you from getting something that you want is not an option that you or any of us have the right to exercise. I’m not talking about self defence, I’m talking about deliberate murder. Your son or daughter has deliberately taken the life of another and now they sit in jail, waiting for a trial to determine their punishment. You love them but you can’t overlook what they have done. You love them but you can’t condone what they did.
That murder is symbolic of a transgression, a sin, a breaking of God’s law.
You son or daughter can’t talk their way out of this, their true motives are known, there is no defence. The verdict is not in question, your son or daughter is guilty, like we all are of breaking God’s Holy standards.
And then the Judge, who determines the punishment of your son or daughter says I will send my Son and He will pay the penalty that the transgression demands, which maintains the value that I have determined about taking someone else’s life and the standards of holiness. His willingness to stand in for your son or daughter, will restore your son or daughter in good standing with me.
We don’t earn our way into good standing with God, it doesn’t work that way. It’s not a case of the number of our good deeds outweighing our bad deeds. We’re not talking about Brownie points. God is holy, all pure light, no darkness at all. None. Different standard is in play, His standard, not one that we have devised.
The analogy of the son or daughter who has committed a murder is not perfect but it adequately conveys what our Heavenly Father did for us by sending us His Son and how Jesus, His Son, perfectly followed the will of His father, even unto death, so that we might live in union once again with our Heavenly Father.
And then, just in case we don’t comprehend all that has transpired, with His teachings, the demonstrations of His forgiveness, healings and compassion towards humanity and with Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, the Holy Scriptures tells us that God our Heavenly Father will not allow His Holy one to see corruption (Psalm 16:10) and Jesus tells us before it happens that after they kill Him, He will rise again from the dead after three days (Mark 9:31) and Jesus does (Acts 17:31)!
We all are ordinary people but we do not follow a humanly devised ordinary god. There is only one religion (Christianity) where you don’t earn your way to heaven, there is only one religion (Christianity) where the spokesperson for that religion rose again from the dead. The Good News of the New Covenant of Jesus Christ as found in the New Testament is that Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, was and is the Son of God and that He died for our sins on the cross and rose again from the dead to prove that we might again be in union with our heavenly Holy Father. The righteousness of Jesus, becomes our righteousness. This is the gift of our heavenly Father to the world, to the whosoever who believes.
But that belief is not just a one time confession of faith that can then be put down or forgotten and we can then continue on with our life as if nothing really happened. That is not continuing on in faith. That is not the Christian walk that we are all called to, in and through Jesus. You’ll read about that in the New Testament, if you take the time to consider His word.
If you haven’t already done so, seriously take the time to read the testimony God has given us (the Bible). Take the time to consider His words and then in faith ask Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Saviour. It’s what He honestly asks all of us ordinary people to do. And then we become His disciples and we follow Him, day by day, hour by hour.
Revelation 3:20 NIV “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!